Skin along the edges of the wound becomes thicker and then gradually migrates (or stretches) under the scab to the center of the wound, where it meets skin from the other side and forms a scar (about three weeks after the initial injury).
The rate of wound healing can be affected by factors such as:
- Age — young’uns usually heal faster than older folks
- Nutrition — the body needs a good supply of vitamin C to make collagen
- Smoking — non-smokers, on average, heal more quickly than smokers
- Stress — large amounts of stress can delay the healing process
- Other infections or illnesses — diabetes, thyroid disease, high blood pressure, and Poor circulation, for example, can decrease the body’s ability to heal
How does a wound heal faster?
Wound healing time can also be affected by the level of moisture in your skin. As soon as your wound closes up it’s important to keep the new skin and the skin surrounding the wound moisturised and hydrated to help reduce inflammation and scarring and to support a healthy skin barrier.
Use Bepanthen® Plus Wound Healing Cream in any type of minor wound at risk of infection, including abrasions, small cuts and scratches, fissures, mild burns and/or sores. Bepanthen® Plus Wound Healing Cream should not be used on serious, deep or highly contaminated wounds. Such wounds require medical attention.